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grand duke

noun
1.
the sovereign of a territory called a grand duchy, ranking next below a king.
2.
a son of a czar or of a czar's son.
Origin of grand duke
1685-1695
First recorded in 1685-95
Related forms
grand-ducal, adjective
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Examples from the Web for grand duke
Contemporary Examples
  • Alix and grand duke Nicholas of Russia fell in love, but parents on both sides forbade the match.

Historical Examples
  • Salvinski is talking to the grand duke; and see, he beckons to me.

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • I intend to be a patriot myself, and to kill the grand duke of Reisenburg.

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • He is to have an interview with the grand duke to-morrow morning.

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • "I must go and talk with them, Vasili," said the grand duke quietly.

    The Vagrant Duke George Gibbs
  • The grand duke stood at the terrace wall watching their approach.

    The Vagrant Duke George Gibbs
  • He had even spoken to him once at a reception of officers held by the grand duke.

    Tales Of Hearsay Joseph Conrad
  • There he expected to enlist the grand duke in a war against Gustavus.

  • The most costly pictures in the room, are from the gallery of the grand duke of Tuscany.

  • Vladimir defeated Souzdal and Vsevolod was its grand duke from 1176 to 1212.

    The Story of Russia R. Van Bergen, M.A.
British Dictionary definitions for grand duke

grand duke

noun
1.
a prince or nobleman who rules a territory, state, or principality
2.
a son or a male descendant in the male line of a Russian tsar
3.
a medieval Russian prince who ruled over other princes
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